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this would not be happening? mitt romney had won in november. right, because when g.o.p. is in the white house, deficits don't matter. can you tell us a little bit about the philosophies of the two candidates? well now, the president and the ex-candidate. will the situation be that much different if there was a different man in the white house? guest: well, look, it's an interesting question. it is certainly true that tax policy was one of the key sort of issues in the last election. and actually, the debate that we're having if it sounds familiar, it's because we've had it several times before. it was really a similar debate to what we had in 2008. we had the same debate in 2010. we had a similar debate in 2011 when we were dealing with the debt ceiling issue the first time around. and we dealt it with it in the last election. and the differences have always been that president obama has maintained that tax cuts should be allowed to expire for people making more than $250,000. mitt romney called for extending all the tax cuts fully. and making other changes to the tax code. but, you kno
pragmatic republicans to win the gop presidential nomination mitt romney had to embrace a far-right tea-party friendly agenda pap that agenda is arguably part of why he lost which speaks to where the tea party's popularity is with the population. "the washington post" abc news poll, the majority of americans, 53%, said. republican party is now too conservative. after the election, even sheldon addleson who has spent millions bank rolling tea party candidates described himself as a social liberal. a retiring republican congressman from ohio described the tea party's rigid opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy this way. the continuing dumbing down of the republican party he said last week. we're going to be seen mother and more as a bunch of extremists, can't even get the majority of our own people to support policies we're putting forward. there's a lot to think about and talk about here. i guess i felt, personally on the side of -- the tea party movement, i don't know how many rallies there are. i think in some very important ways, the tea party has won the tea party mindset sort o
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